Monday, June 23, 2014

Papaya Marinated steak w/ papaya salad

This may sound like a papaya overload, but it's not. There's other flavours going on, and if you didn't know the marinade had papaya in it, you wouldn't realise.

Little Summer loved the papaya raw, couldn't get enough. Izzy is my fussy, nose screwer upper and wouldn't have a bar of it. She did eat the marinated steak though.

I actually like eating the raw red papaya as my morning fruit. They are packed with vitamins and minerals. So good for you. 

I use the peels on my face. The flesh is actually really great at getting rid of dead skin and healing, I love how it improves my complexion. 

Papaya contains an enzyme called Papain that breaks down protein. So it works well as a marinade on tougher cuts of meat. I used rump steak in this instance, but I've also used the marinade with pork fillet and it was awesome. 

You'll need half a red papaya, which will cost you from $2.50 to $3. I was surprised it was so cheap, considering it is a tropical fruit. 

This recipe also uses kaffir lime leaves. If you aren't lucky enough to know someone with a tree, you can buy them in the herb section of the supermarket. It freezes really well so I doesn't go to waste. I just pull out the leaves I need, when I need.

Papaya marinade
1 kaffir lime leaf, sliced thinly
1/4 red papaya, mashed with a fork
1/2 teaspoon chinese 5 spice
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon chilli oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Mix together. Pour and massage into 500 grams(or up to 1 kg) of rump steak.

Leave for 1/2 hour to 1 hour.

Take steak out of marinade and grill as you normally would. Serve with salad.

Papaya and avocado salad
1 spring onion, sliced
1/4 papaya, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 capsicum, sliced
1 kaffir lime leaf, sliced thinly
1 Tablespoon toasted pine nuts 

Place all in a bowl and gently toss together.

1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
1/8 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp brown sugar

Mix all together and drizzle over salad.


  1. Lovely pics, but I'm one of those odd bods that can't stand papaya or mango...I know, I know, it's me!

  2. Looks fab! I am meant to be doing the papaya thing too (having a hard time finding some at my supermarket!) Thanks for hosting again ;).

    1. The last couple of weeks it has been scarce in mine too. Our local woolies is the only one that stocks it, when the do have it.

  3. Wow, that looks amazing Alicia. I knew kiwi fruit was good for marinating calamari but I did not know about learn something every day! :)

    1. Oooh, I really have to try it on calamari too and octopus! Thanks for inspiration, yum :)

  4. I've never been a fan but then again I haven't tried it in years! That salad does look delish though!

    1. The first time I had it last year I was a bit meh. But this time I really liked it! I think I prefer it a bit more ripe than not.

  5. I will try this! Love your face care tips too. xS

  6. This sounds so tasty! I'd read about putting papaya on the face before but had never tried it before. Now I really want to give it a go. I'm surprised to read how cheap papaya is too considering it's a tropical fruit.

  7. Love your photos Alicia! This may be a dumb question but is Paw Paw the same as papaya? I used to eat paw paw all the time as a kid, I even grew the trees and sold them at the markets.

    1. Check out the australian papaya website Papaya are longer and have reddish flesh and papaw are rounder and have yellower flesh. How cool were you selling fruit at the markets :D

  8. Yum! I hadn't tried papaya until I travelled to Mexico where it was served with almost every breakfast I ordered. Your meal looks so tasty!


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